The tea bowl, Richard Brandt (potter) and me
After watching my new Raku-style tea bowl's birth, I was lucky to be able to enjoy the first bowl of tea made it in. Not only that, but it was whisked by my sensei. Cool! Before drinking, as is the custom with matcha, I had a sweet. A red bean paste center with white bean paste outer - so, so good! The sweet prepares my taste buds for the matcha.
Traditional style Japanese tea sweets
The tea was delicious! And it was so special to be the first to drink from the bowl.
Enjoying the first bowl of tea
Next Richard packed the bowl carefully into its cedar box. The box is an important aspect! As you will see, it tells the tea's story.
The tie on the box lies flat, making it easy to stack other boxes on top! I had to learn how to tie it correctly.
The next exciting part of this journey is the naming of my bowl. My sensei, Margie of the Issoan Tea School, kindly offered to name the bowl and calligraphy its name onto the box. She thought carefully about the names she chose and she practiced her calligraphy before working on the boxes. Such a gift!
The top of the box says black raku tea bowl. The character on the top left is cha (tea) - the only one I can recognize consistently. :-)
Inside says Issoan Soya (name of tea school and Margie sensei's tea name), and Kin Pu - Golden Wind. That is the name of my bowl. Isn't Golden Wind a beautiful image?